Gore sheep farmer out to reclaim FMG Young Farmer of the Year title

Posted by on 19 March 2018 | Comments

Gore sheep farmer Logan Wallace will be out to reclaim his title at the Otago/Southland Regional Final of the FMG Young Farmer of the Year next month.

The 28-year-old represented the sprawling region at the grand final of the iconic agricultural competition in Timaru in 2016.

“That will potentially be an advantage this time around. But it also means I’ll have a target on my back,” said Logan.

Logan runs 2,300 romney-texel cross ewes on a 290-hectare property, which he leases from his parents.

He has a Certificate in Agriculture and a Diploma in Rural Business from Telford and is a Land Search and Rescue member.

Logan is one of eight finalists vying to represent Otago/Southland in the 50th grand final of the prestigious competition in July.

Allison Knowler is one of two women competing in the high-stakes regional final.

The 30-year-old is a trainee farm management consultant with a Bachelor of Science majoring in Agriculture from Massey University.

“Prior to joining Agribusiness Consultants, I taught PrimaryITO courses to young dairy farmers,” said Allison.

“I really enjoyed it, I wouldn’t have done it for 10 years if I didn’t.”

Linda Taggart grew up on a sheep and cropping farm in Oxford in North Canterbury.

This is the 25-year-old rural banker’s first regional final.

“It should be great fun and an excellent way to test my skills on a diverse range of subjects,” said Linda, who has a Bachelor of Agriculture from Lincoln University.

The event will be Lyndon Wallace’s final chance to propel himself into a grand final.

“This will be my last go. I’m getting too old,” said the 31-year-old who manages a sheep farm at Waimahaka.

He’s relishing the opportunity to face-off against his cousin Logan Wallace again.

“We’ve been up against each other a few times before,” he laughed.

Lyndon harvested sugarcane in Queensland in 2006 before heading to Lincoln University where he completed diplomas in Agriculture and Farm Management.

Agricultural consultant Alan Harvey has also farmed in Australia.

The 26-year-old has worked on a high-yielding 400-hectare irrigated cotton farm at Hillston in New South Wales.

It’ll be his third regional final.

“I grew up watching the contest on television. It’s a fantastic way to showcase what the industry has to offer,” said Alan.

He has a Bachelor of Agricultural Science with Honours from Lincoln University.

Eddie Blackler honed his tractor driving skills planting wheat in Western Australia in 2015.

The 25-year-old is a shepherd on his parent’s farm at Roxburgh.

“The property is 1,300 hectares and carries 2,500 merino ewes and 100 hereford cows,” he said.

Eddie has completed a PrimaryITO qualification in sheep and beef management.

Luke Templeton is a qualified mechanical engineer who worked for Carter Holt Harvey in South Waikato, before returning to the family farm in Riverton in 2015.

The 29-year-old’s in his second season 50:50 sharemilking 600 cows.

“Up until 1972 the property I’m on operated as a flax mill,” said Luke.

“The mill was turned into a museum and is the only one of its kind in New Zealand.”

“I run guided tours, mainly in summer. We get a couple of thousand visitors a year,” he said.

Matt McRae has helped organise several Otago/Southland Regional Finals and decided it was time to have a go.

“It’s good to challenge yourself and put yourself under pressure,” said the Wyndham sheep and beef farmer.

The 29-year-old has a Bachelor of Commerce (Agriculture) from Lincoln University and returned to the family farm after spending three years working as a rural banker.

The Otago/Southland Regional Final is being held at Browns Domain in Winton on April 21st. The evening show, hosted by Te Radar, is at Winton Memorial Hall.

It’s the 50th anniversary of the iconic agricultural competition which was first held in 1969.


For further information contact:

Brad Markham

Communications Manager

NZ Young Farmers

M | 0272 825 221

E | brad.markham@youngfarmers.co.nz